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CISPA: What Is It & Why Should We Care? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mark O'Neill 03-05-2012

Back in January, the Internet got together in a co-ordinated effort to defeat a US Bill called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) which was making its way through Congress. When the Bill was finally brought to a screeching halt, everyone high-fived each other, convinced that the efforts by the US Government and various media companies to take greater control over our online lives, had been scuppered.


Not so, it seems. The Bill has been brought back under a new name – CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing & Protection Act). And unlike SOPA, this Bill passed through Congress. So should we be nervous?

On the face of it, it sounds innocent enough. It allows the US Government and businesses to “share information about cyberthreats”. But then the big question immediately arises – what exactly is a cyberthreat and who gets to define the term? That one word is open to very wide interpretation, so wide you can drive a truck through it. Plus, while you’re thinking about that, think about this. Any information companies have on you, can be passed to the US Government – and you have no right to know that it is happening or what information is being passed on. Say goodbye to your privacy.

Let us know in the comments what you think of CISPA. Is everything being blown out of all proportion and is it really a very nice Bill? Or should we be putting on our tinfoil hats and watching “Enemy Of The State” for clues on how to defend ourselves?

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  1. Jesse S
    May 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    It's really funny that you are all against sharing info. But, right above all of these articles is something that would share your very personal info. It is titled "Leave a comment" and also right below that is "Get a MakeUseOf account using one of YOUR online accounts below". Interesting that the author of this article supports sharing info. I am not the niave one. I pay attention to details that no one else sees.

    • Mark O'Neill
      May 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Leaving a comment or getting a MakeUseOf account does not ask for sensitive information that could be used against you by the government. The most you would be asked to give for a MakeUseOf account or comment is an email address and a name, both of which can be made up, and if necessary, discarded.

      I support sharing internet articles, I do NOT support sharing peoples private information with governments, unless a law enforcement officer provides a legal subpoena signed by a judge and proves the information is needed to solve a crime.

  2. Joseph H
    May 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    i agree with the point of view that this is bill is to vague. past experience tells that even though the bill may have good intents, it will, at time point in time be used to control and manipulate people negatively. We all have had experiences where people in power will use it for the benefit in adverse ways. This bill will be no different.

    As for me, I am in the process of removing as information as I can form the internet as well as creating miss-information when I can.

    As a society we already way to much information out here on everyone. take for instance my super market discount card. At first I thought this was great a great idea. Swipe the card and get a discounts sounds good but now they know wall my buying habits when it comes to purchasing food. And this goes on for everything I do when I us some kind of card to conduct my daily business and personnel life.

    So yes it is time to counter balance that in any way (legally) that I can.

    • Jesse S
      May 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Are you all doing something illegal on the internet or in life in genral that makes you fear this bill?
      The only manipulation I see is this article and the liberal media making you fear our governing officials.

      • Mark O'Neill
        May 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        You have a lot of trust for "governing officials", a lot of whom are unelected and not accountable. Not everyone shares that trust.

        And it's not a matter of "doing something illegal" and it's not about the "liberal media" (even though Fox News, with their tongues stuck so far up the bottoms of Big Business, would never dare to criticise something like this). It's about your private information being passed around without your permission. It's about people or companies being unfairly labelled as "cyberthreats" if they do something or say something to piss off the "governing officials" you trust so much. Being labelled as such could lead to prosecution, websites being shut down, etc. The wording of this Bill is so vague that anyone can spin it anyway they want. All they would need is a sympathetic judge to enforce it.

        The Internet should be free from censorship. This Bill does not guarantee that. Period. And you can blame the liberal media or me all you want, but it doesn't change the basic facts.

  3. Mark O'Neill
    May 4, 2012 at 7:25 am

    What heartens me is that it has to clear the Senate before it can become law - and even then President Obama is threatening to veto it. So it isn't law yet.

    Let's hope the Senate and the President wise up and stop this Bill in its tracks.

    • A
      May 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Like he said he'd veto the NDAA - oh wait, he signed it!

    • CathyV
      May 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      It's not a matter of wisdom. It's deliberate, focused, destruction of our Republic and our Liberty. Power corrupts...absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  4. Keith
    May 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Just like SOPA, this bill isn't defined clearly enough, giving too much power to those who the people do not wish to give it to. I'm Canadian, so anything I say to the US government is immediately ignored. So i hereby petition to American people to stand up for thier online privacy and defend themselves once more, like they did against PIPA and SOPA. Our government tried to do something the same, but i don't think it worked. I can wait for the next Elections. The Conservatives are idiots. >.<

    May 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    The people, whom you all laughed, mocked and scorned -- the so-called "conspiracy theorists" (or "nuts", "wingnuts", et. al.) -- were right all along now, weren't they? And you're all just now figuring that out. Now. When it's waaaaay too late.

    I mean, seriously, I tried telling you people back in January that they'd be back. They ALWAYS come back. WTF do you think "The price of freedom is ETERNAL vigilance" means? Oh, wait . . . you're mostly people born after 1980 . . . you've never even heard that once-famous quote by one of our founding fathers. Most of you can't even tell me who Thomas Jefferson was (except you DO *think* you know he wasn't a Christian and aint' you so smart). And then you dare to think our educational system is fine, and that you're educated because you can twitter with your thumbs.

    What part of "the drive to rule" don't you people get?

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are CREATED equal"; THEREFORE IT FOLLOWS our rights are INALIENABLE and are not GRANTED by the government, but by God and are to be PROTECTED by the government under His direction by a BELIEVING people. So much for that.

    Soooo . . . what happens when they drive God our of everything and convince you He doesn't exist, and that you're "free" from Him? Hmmm . . . You're not created but "evolved" from slime or whatever. Thus you're just an animal. Bigger, more vicious and better armed animals eat smaller, slightly less vicious and less equipped animals. The government is bigger and much, much more vicious and better armed. Survival of the fittest and all. OK. Think you guys are smart enough to extrapolate from here and figure out the endgame? Hint: Nazi Germany and Communist Anywhere (Left and Right aren't on opposing ends of an infinite line. They're on a circle traveling in supposedly opposite directions and they meet in gulags and death camps).

    Face it folks, even if you don't believe in God -- as far as liberty and the value of the human individual goes, He sure was a convenient fiction, wasn't He? Too bad you didn't figure that out in time.

    Wanna see your future? Visit any chicken factory farm. Keep telling yourself that, surely, they don't think of us humans in the same way, with the same vicious disregard for our lives and pursuits of happiness.

    And then face it: We're all doomed.

  6. R Ze
    May 3, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Hooray! Now it's time to put fake information up on the web!!!!!

    • Mark O'Neill
      May 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

      What do you mean exactly?